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|WILDERNESS JOURNEY SOUTHERN UTAH TOUR|
Hwy 12 / Road Details
Riders will cross hundreds of miles of mountainous windy roads, grazing meadows, cow pastures, ranches and small town atmospheres. That being said, weather wise, it's a spring, summer and fall tour, possibly to late fall. Even around the last of May some roads are closed due to snow. There will always be a chance that unforeseen weather can change the course of this trip. This is a great experience to schedule a ride that can be done over and over.
You should be an experienced rider for this type trip and able to endure many miles in one day at a fast pace through mountainous terrain and keep a heavy bike in your own lane. Usually, riders who've done this in a day have most likely done several hundred miles in a day. You'll encounter animals such as Cows, Elk and Deer and several other furry creatures along the motorcycle roads. Take photos lots of photos - "Southern Utah's Wilderness Journey".
When we did this trip the first time, we stopped quit a bit and didn't get into our destination until late, most likely around 10pm or so. Of course we did it in 2 days as opposed to 3. As it was, well into the dark, traveling around 50 mph, which for us is on the slow side but we were trying to be safe and good thing when an Elk the size of 62 Buick trickled onto the road in front of me stretching completely across the lane. Fortunately I was able to stop, but it shook me up. We stopped in a small town nearby and shared the story with an attendant, when a guy next to me said, "I've been riding these roads for 19 years and wouldn't make the trip you're making tonight". We had another 72 miles or so to go, so we took our time in the dark across Hog Back with hundred foot drops on both sides of the mountain and no guard rails, which is the setting most everywhere including switchbacks and twisties. I'm setting here a year later writing this and can still see this thing chewing his cud, staring into my headlights then jumping off into the woods.
are a few of the photos. This is our flagship
of overnights. It's a great 3 day trip covering 800+ miles
of rich mountainous beauty and high desert plateau.
Tour Photos: More Images: Wilderness Journey
As you can see below, Ania's enjoying the corners and there's plenty of them to be had. We don't have much of a place to practice in Vegas, so we're making the best of it. Utah has some great country for motorcycle riding. Pick a road, there all fun.
Below is a photo of an area outside of Cedar City
As you drive into the area, you start to get a taste of what HooDoo's really are and how big and precarious they stand.
Wilderness Journey of Southern Utah
Utah has live stock next to the highways, some areas heavier than others. All kinds of stuff like deer, elk, dogs, cats, sheep... you name it. Much of it can be seen laying next to the road from being hit. Talk with anyone that lives up here and they have a story to tell about hitting deer.
Southern Utah Motorcycle Roads: We stayed at a cozy little motel and it was a nice place to stay. When we come back, we'll most likely stay here again. When we arrived the night before, we found no one at the office, no one could be found to show us our room and my wiffee is showing signs of discontent. After about 20 minutes this guy shows up yelling across the grounds, "HEY DOOD, I left your key under the mat, I was at a party".
Great... just let us in we're tired :)... and Eh, thanks. - Next time we'll know better and look for the room with a light on and key under the mat. What's wrong with us for not figuring this out.
Population of 172...
Below is a room if you can believe it. It holds about 6 people and they rent it out to groups. It was rented when we were staying here, as you can see from the tip of the car peeking out from the right side. This design is on purpose and called a Kiva, it's fully finished I think.
We'll, as always the time comes to head back. We ran into an entire day of rain most of the 400 mile ride back. We decided this trip was more suited for the typical 3 day ride instead of 2. Not just because of the mileage but the canyons and pleasurable motorcycle roads.
Lots of rain on hand and time to get wet with no Togg's on hand. Our leathers held up nicely though.
Below you can see the endless miles of roads how they peek up, down and around the valley. There are hundreds of these. Raining or not, it was a blast. The ride takes us in and out of a variety of settings, one of which is below.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Going to the bathroom a van full of people pulled around the corner all taking photos. Great...
As you can see below, I really had to go ;). Ania is amazed.
She's so cute on her Busa!
What beautiful stomping grounds for a 3 day'er. I know guys that ride this and turn around and do it again 3 or 4 times a summer. No need for a lot of speed, just make some memories. We however tend to enjoy blasting through it all here and there. The photo below reminded me of the movie, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
The saga continues with many other photos.... one page cannot contain.
Was that left back there we were supposed to make? :)
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